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Losing a baby tooth is often an exciting milestone in a child’s life, signifying growth and potential surprises from the Tooth Fairy or another generous figure. However, there are instances where a baby tooth may be lost due to injury or accident. In such cases, it’s crucial not to panic but instead contact our Boca Raton office promptly.

If your child loses a tooth due to injury, it’s essential to schedule a visit to our office for an examination. The underlying adult tooth could be affected, warranting a thorough assessment of the injured area. According to the American Dental Association, it’s advisable to locate the lost tooth, keep it moist, and bring it with you to the office. Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz will guide you on the best course of action for your child’s situation.

While losing baby teeth is a natural part of development, it’s essential to care for them properly. Baby teeth play a crucial role in speech development, jaw growth, and act as space holders for permanent teeth. If a primary tooth is lost prematurely, there is a risk of adjacent permanent teeth shifting into the vacant space, potentially leading to crowding or misalignment.

In situations where a baby tooth is lost early, a space maintainer may be recommended. This appliance helps preserve the lost tooth’s space, ensuring that the corresponding permanent tooth erupts correctly. The decision to use a space maintainer depends on factors such as the child’s age and which tooth or teeth are involved. Feel free to discuss any concerns with us, and we’ll provide guidance on whether a space maintainer is necessary.

It’s important to remain calm if the Tooth Fairy unexpectedly arrives due to an injury. Contact our office promptly, and reassure your child that their smile is still beautiful. We’re here to address any concerns and ensure the ongoing health and development of your child’s teeth.

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